Scarborough Museums Trust is calling on adventurous young people to help solve a brand new mystery, Whispers from the Museum, at Scarborough Art Gallery and the circular Rotunda Museum.
The museum and gallery are closed at the moment, but strange messages have been appearing inside – who or what is making them? And what are they trying to tell us?
For six weeks from Tuesday 12 May, young people – and their grown-ups – will be able to help uncover stories about some of the museum objects by completing online missions and challenges from their own home.
The online adventure, Whispers from the Museum, created by artist Kirsty Harris, will feature fictional young girl called George whose older brother Sam works at the gallery and museum.
George can’t visit Sam: like everyone else, she’s staying home. But Sam still sends her videos and photos of what he’s been up to. Recently some very strange things have been appearing overnight in the museum.
To find out what’s been going on, participants are invited to take part in exciting weekly missions. They can open the missions on their screen or print them if they prefer. Each mission will include simple creative projects, like art or writing, and when finished can be shared on social media. To access each new mission, those taking part will need to answer a simple question or solve a puzzle.
Kirsty Harris says: “Objects and paintings are sitting quietly within the walls of the museum. With no visitors to look at them and think about why they’re so special, their meaning may begin to fade. But they’re still there, full of stories and meaning and purpose. They can reach out to us, asking us to keep their stories alive.
“In a few short weeks, the world we know has become unrecognisable in so many ways. Hundreds of thousands of children are facing months of staying at home, with little real-life contact with the outside world and the inspiration it brings. It’s a lonely prospect, and one that may leave many wondering about their place in the world.”
Whispers from the Museum is aimed primarily at young people aged seven to 11, although younger and older children will also enjoy the challenges. Free to take part, the first mission launches on Tuesday 12 May at www.scarboroughmuseumstrust.com